Concerned about someone?

If you’re worried about yourself or someone else being abused or neglected, please contact Call Derbyshire, tel: 01629 533190.  You can phone Call Derbyshire anonymously without revealing your name. For more details click here for the Call Derbyshire website.

At St Anne’s Catholic Voluntary Academy we recognise the responsibility we have under Section 175/157 of the Education and Inspections Act 2002, to have arrangements for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

The Governing Body approve the S175/157 return to the LA on a yearly basis. This policy demonstrates the schools commitment and compliance with safeguarding legislation.

In our school we believe that the welfare of every child is paramount and we take safeguarding very seriously. Therefore, should staff have any concerns they feel are of safeguarding nature, they are expected to report, record and take the necessary steps to ensure that the child is safe and protected and that key staff in school are aware promptly of any such concerns. We are aware that this can lead to challenge from parents/carers, but at all times we collectively work to ensure that the child is at the heart of all our decisions and that we act in their best interests. As part of our commitment to and compliance with safeguarding legislation and guidance; we also refer to:

  • Working Together To Safeguard Children 2018
  • What to do if you are worried a child is being abused 2015
  • Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (April 2017)
  • Guidance for safer working practise for staff working in education settings (Oct 2015)
  • Preventing and tackling bullying advice
  • Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment between children in schools and colleges
  • Keeping children Safe in Education 2018

Safeguarding Team at St Anne’s Catholic Voluntary Academy

Safeguarding is led and promoted by our Head Teacher, Assistant Head and Chair of Governors. For matters regarding safeguarding please email or phone 01298 23589. A message shall be passed on immediately to our Safeguarding leader or in their absence our deputy.

Safeguarding Lead – Head Teacher – Mrs Julia Wiggins

Deputy Safeguarding Lead – Assistant Head- Miss Stephanie Clarke

Deputy Safeguarding Lead – SENCO- Mrs Chapman

Deputy Safeguarding Lead -Miss Lonsdale

Deputy Safeguarding Lead – Mrs Minshull

Safeguarding Governor- Mrs Lorraine Gavin

Concerns or allegations about a member of staff or volunteer should be shared with the Head Teacher. If the concern is about the Head Teacher, it should be reported to our Chair of Governors: Mrs Lorraine Gavin.

Roles and Responsibilities

The school will ensure that every member of staff and person working on behalf of the school:

  • Knows the name of the DSL and any deputies, understands his/her role and responsibilities, and how to contact them.
  • Understands they have an individual responsibility to refer safeguarding and child protection concerns.
  • Will receive training at the point of induction so that they know:

– DSCB child protection procedures and how to access them

– the need to be vigilant in identifying cases of abuse at the earliest opportunity

– how to support and respond to a child who discloses abuse/significant harm

– the DSL will disclose any information about a pupil to other members of staff only on a need to know basis

– the school with undertake appropriate discussion with parents prior to involvement with other agencies wherever this is appropriate

– the school will ensure that parents have an understanding of their obligations re: Child Protection by intervention as and when appropriate

St Ralph Sherwin CMAT Safeguarding Statement

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy SRS ANN V3 2024-2025


Taken from the CMAT safeguarding statement:

This legal requirement together with the Catholic Values and Principles that underpin the St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi-Academy Trust mean that is is essential that the CMAT ensures not only compliance at local level but also assumes a strategic responsibility to ensure that safeguarding practices are robust and effective in safeguarding and protecting the welfare of all children and young people in its care.


CEOP helps any child or young person under the age of 18 who is being pressured, forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity of any kind. This can be something that has taken place either online or in ‘the real world’, or both. The CEOP Safety Centre has clear information and advice on what can be reported to CEOP, the reporting process and what will happen if you do decide to make a report. You can visit the CEOP Safety Centre and make a report directly to CEOP by clicking the Click CEOP button.